• MPs Debate On Refunding Students’ Tuition Fees

    Last week, MPs considered the proposals of a raft of student petitions concerning the refunding of tuition fees. Collectively reaching 980,000 signatories, the petitions advocate a range of compensation options, including the partial or full refund of fees for the 2019/20 and/or 2020/21 academic years....
  • What Does The Increase In The Student Loan Interest Rate Mean for Students?

    Aidan Hall Back in August, the Department of Education announced that, starting from the 1st September, the interest rate applied to student loans will rise to 5.6%, up from the 5.4% of last year. As new and returning students head to university, Impact asks: why has this happened, and...
  • A Tale of Tuition Fees

    The ongoing joke of students is the lack of money they have. However, the image of a pale, laptop lit, skinny student eating their third pot noodle as they do an essay is not all that funny, really. Not when push comes to shove and the reality is that...
  • Universities criticised for rip-off fees

    According to a new report by the government’s spending watchdog, only a third of university students believe their degree courses offer value for money. The number of students satisfied with their courses has fallen significantly from half in 2012, indicating that students, who undertake huge loans, are widely failed...
  • 31% of students rely on overdrafts, credit cards and payday loans

    Future Finance, a specialist student loans company, has raised concerns surrounding students’ abilities to finance their educations. The survey, which questioned 1,000 full-time students, said that 31% have had to use credit cards, payday loans and overdrafts to finance their university experience. “The survey also showed that 70% said their...
  • Student loans last on average 52 days

    Freshers will have spent their entire loan within a matter of a few weeks of arriving at university, with 93% being left out of pocket by December, a recent study has revealed. It has also been disclosed that nearly half of the first instalment of student loans is spent by...
  • Maintenance grants could be cut

    Maintenance grants for students from low income families could be cut to provide savings for the Department for Business. Plans to phase out the grants were first drawn up in 2013, but Nick Clegg, ex-Deputy Prime Minister, blocked the proposal. Now it is understood that ministers are reconsidering the idea...